Uncommon Ground

Restaurants, Contemporary American Wrigleyville
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Uncommon Ground
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Uncommon Ground

You might expect a place that has a 70% vegetarian menu and was completely nonsmoking before it had to be to serve boring dishes made with soy milk and flaxseeds. But this coffee shop/bar/restaurant/performance space will surprise you. During brunch, the winners keep coming: The uncommon huevos are gooey, cheesy and substitute black-bean cakes for tortillas; and the fruit plate sometimes comes with passion-fruit sorbet and a slice of white-chocolate banana bread. The dinner hour brings Jeff Buckley tributes and enough surprisingly good cocktails to get through them.


Venue name: Uncommon Ground
Address: 3800 N Clark St
Cross street: at Grace St
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-10pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 22, 80, 152.
Price: Average main course: $11
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Laura R

Uncommon Ground is a great spot for vegetarians looking for a good lunch or brunch option in Lakeview. Get the "cold and flu buster," hot chamomile tea with a splash of honey and vodka. If you get there early, you might be able to snag a seat by the fireplace, too. 

Nick Kotecki

Low-key, easy to pass by on the street, in somewhat of an unlikely location for a vegetarian restaurant, Uncommon Ground is one of my favorite spots to eat when I'm out on the North Side. The promise of a cozy atmosphere, fireplace and comfort food is too much to pass up!